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75QNED816RA review: My experience with LG’s new 4K QNED model

75QNED816RA review: My experience with LG’s new 4K QNED model

The team at Gadget-Gal.com recently received LG’s brand new 75-inch 75QNED816RA QNED TV to test out and review. As an avid movie lover, I was eager to put this premium 4K display through its paces. After living with the TV for 2 weeks now, here’s my detailed take on LG’s latest innovation.

75QNED816RA

Out of the Box Appeal

Unboxing new tech is always fun, and the 75QNED816RA didn’t disappoint. The design immediately struck me with its ultra slim profile and nearly bezel-less metal frame. Oddly enough, LG’s logo is nowhere to be seen on the front which gives it a super clean, minimalist look. I’m so used to the prominent branding on my older LG TVs, so this was a refreshing change. Assembly was easy enough, although a one person job this is not! LG could also seriously improve on the instruction manual – they’re not exactly written for us non-engineer folks!

Picture perfect 4K

But let’s talk about the main event: that jaw-dropping Quantum Nanocell display. The picture quality on this thing blows my old 1080p out of the water; it’s not even a fair fight. After streaming some 4K nature documentaries on Netflix (and yes, you will need to upgrade to Netflix Premium!), I immediately noticed the vibrant, true-to-life colours and crisp details. Those sweeping aerial forest shots looked so sharp, I felt like I was floating above the trees and could even reach out and touch them. Fast-paced action movies are rendered buttery smooth without any motion blur thanks to the native 120Hz refresh rate. Inky blacks and well-lit bright scenes? Check! My movie selection was almost mouthwatering after making the 4K upgrade with this superb LG display. It was just so vibrant and rich.

Beefy sound for movie nights

You obviously need great sound to match the stellar visuals. LG’s 75QNED816RA’s built-in 4.2 speaker system packs a decent punch, especially after tweaking some audio settings. But I’ll admit my large open living room isn’t ideal acoustically, so adding a separate soundbar might still be necessary for those of you with similar setups. That said, streaming big action flicks with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound through the TV speakers was impressive enough to make me feel like I was right there in the scene. Dialogue came through fairly well, but I did occasionally have to strain to hear conversations.

webOS just works

Setting up the TV was mostly hassle-free thanks to LG‘s intuitive webOS smart platform, despite the lacklustre instructions the interface felt fast and responsive. Sifting through menus, loading apps like Netflix and Prime Video, and input switching all happens in seconds. And having built-in Google Assistant is so handy for looking up movies hands-free. That said, the Magic Remote still feels a bit foreign to me…the gyroscope motion just doesn’t feel that precise. I’m sure it will get easier with practice, but I honestly found it a little frustrating.

Worth the investment?

At around R35k this TV isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for! Stunning 4K visuals, and LG‘s user-friendly smart platform check all the boxes. The audio is great but as with any TV if you really want immersive sound with clear vocals then a decent soundbar is a must have add-on.

If you’re looking for a future-ready premium TV that will make your movies and shows shine, this QNED model deserves strong consideration.

 

Key Features:

  • Quantum Dot meets NanoCell for a brilliant spectrum of real colour
  • Dimming Pro & Ultra Contrast LED TV
  •  Smart Functionality, including ThinQ AI and WebOS
  •  Immerse yourself in a quality picture with α7 AI Processor 4K Gen6
  •  Ultra Big Screens available
Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of gadget-gal.com where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of gadget-gal.com I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.

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